Royal Visit to Tonga: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh by Kenneth Bain

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"An absorbing narrative which makes full use of a rich background of Tongan customs and traditions. Fire torches, massed dancers, nose-flutes and sucking-pig, as Tonga’s capital hums with royal visit activity and excitement." New Zealand Herald
"An eminently readable and handsome publication." S.H. Evans, Head of Information, Colonial Office, London
"A wholly delightful book, written with evident enthusiasm." Sunday Times, London
"Takes the reader on a voyage of enchantment to the South Seas." Sunday Sun, London
"Filled with sunshine and joy. The author gives full rein to a pleasing style, with a nice sense of humour." Auckland Star
"Kenneth Bain has managed, somehow or other, to create a kind of between-friends, all-in-the family atmosphere throughout this book. It is its most engaging quality." Judy Tudor, Pacific Islands Monthly
"Written with authority and great charm. The Book Exchange, London
"An authentic, beautifully written and illustrated story, full of colour, gaiety and warmth." South Wales Argus

About the Author:

KENNETH BAIN was born in New Zealand in 1923, and educated at Auckland Grammar School, Auckland University College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was appointed to the Colonial Administrative Service in 1946 and assigned to Palestine as an Assistant District Commissioner in Gaza. After transfer to Fiji in 1949, he began his long association with the island peoples of the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and South Atlantic; and has travelled widely throughout all three regions.
He was Secretary to the Government of Tonga 1953-56; Commissioner, British South Pacific Office in Fiji, including responsibility for Pitcairn, 1965-70; Deputy High Commissioner for Fiji in London 1970-75; a Director at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London 1975-80; then for five years, Financial Secretary and, for a period, Deputy Governor in the British Virgin Islands. He has also been Director of Studies in Financial Management at the Royal Institute of Public Administration in London.
In close to 60 years, Kenneth Bain has written eleven well-received books. They include seven with worldwide island themes, including three on the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga and its people. There is one each on Fiji, St Helena, British Virgin Islands, and Pitcairn, together with books on schizophrenia, Doggerel Ditties in the style of Ogden Nash, Obituaries he wrote for the London newspaper The Independent, and Gaza, his Palestine mandate diary 1946-48. He now lives on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, where he and his wife were made Honorary Belongers in 1985. His wife Margaret Anga‘aefonu is part-Tongan; their three children were born in Tonga and Fiji.
He was awarded the OBE in 1976, and appointed by King George Tupou V of Tonga to be Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Queen Salote Tupou III in 2010.

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